Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

I went through a "Muffin Morning" phase. "What's that?" you ask? Basically, I really, really enjoy mornings, a lot.  I love waking up and having an hour (or more) to lounge in the kitchen, bake some muffins, grab a glass of milk, my bible and open a few windows and just stop and breathe. This ritual keeps me sane.

Allow me to help you remain sane.  This muffin recipe is pretty simple and tasty; perfect for mornings of relaxation.  Without further ado, here is the recipe for Lemon Poppyseed muffins!

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk to combine and set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add in the lemon zest and the vanilla extract.
4. With the mixer on low, mix in the dry ingredients in two additions alternating with the yogurt, beating each addition just until incorporated.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared liners, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Aren't they lovely?

Have a happy, muffin filled day,

Friday, June 21, 2013

Kentucky Derby Cookie Bars

I love being from Kentucky.  If you've never stopped by for a visit, you should.  There's so much charm and quaintness about this state:  rolling hills, bed & breakfasts galore, the largest tobacco crop producing state in our country, antique malls, Louisville, Lexington, UK basketball, and, we can't forget the biggest, richest historic event to take place in my Old Kentucky Home, the Kentucky Derby.

My goal, as a proud Kentuckian, is to, someday, attend the KY Derby. To be able to see the "Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports" would be amazing.  I mean, what other event requires its attendees to wear their Sunday best and giant hats? Come one people, this thing is genius!

This recipe is in honor of that amazing tradition, let's get started!

Recipe:  2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons bourbon--I used Vanilla as a subsitute!
2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x12 baking dish.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.

3. In a larger bowl, combine the melted butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in the egg, egg yolk and bourbon/vanilla until well blended.

4. Mix in the dry ingredients until just mixed. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips. Once mixed, evenly spread them in the dish and pop them in the oven.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the middle is set
6. Allow to completely cool, then eat all your stomach can hold! 

Think of KY when you take your first bite, then plan a trip; we'd love to have you! *insert winky face*

Have a "Kentucky" kind of day,

Monday, June 17, 2013

My Beautiful Bridal Shower

Every bride needs a shower, and mine was perfect.

All I have to say about this shower is that my mom is amazing, my future mother-in-law is amazing, my bridesmaids are amazing and all my friends and family are amazing.

So many sweet faces!
My bridezilla side came out...but not really.

I will never stop loving my grandma. She means everything to me!

My sweetest, and truest friend. I'm so thankful to God for putting her in my life.

Shout out to Amber for having connections! *over exaggerated finger point in her direction*

I love them with all my heart!

My mom. She has done so much more than I deserve for this wedding.  She has always done more than is expected of her, and I'm so thankful God gave me her as my mother.

 Some of the sweetest kids EVER.

*sigh*, it was beautiful.

Happy Wedding Season,

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Busy Life

Wake up at 6:30.
God time from 6:45-7:45.
Breakfast 7:45-8:00.
Get ready for work 8:00-8:22.
Drive to work: 8:22-8:30.
Work 8:30-5:00.
Go home brain dead and become zombie 5:00-10:30.
Go to bed 10:30-11:00.
Repeat 5x a week.

I hate this lifestyle. I miss my energy and I miss baking and cooking and all those lovely things. 

But, God has me here for a reason, and I hope I can glorify Him even when my life isn't how I would like it to be.

Also, 1 month and 1 week until I'm a married woman!
*fist pump*

Enjoy your week,